Live Workshops with David Farland

Epic Novel Writing Workshop

Description: The Epic Writing Workshop will be an online workshop that will require intensive study and writing. We'll be studying and writing epic fantasy and science fiction novels in particular.

You will be provided with recorded and live lessons as well as exercises, but we will also have live question-and-answer sessions on Saturdays, along with meetings in small groups for live critique sessions on Saturdays in groups of four. You will exchange critiques with three other students and David Farland. Note that Dave will be critiquing your assignments every step of the way.

Lessons and Assignments: Each lesson video will be available a week in advance, so you can watch the lessons online. Lessons will last from 1-2 hours and will be followed by an assignment. You will be asked to write your assignments on your own time, and each assignment will require considerable time for brainstorming and writing. Plan on four or five hours per assignment. For example, you will be asked to generate at least a dozen interesting epic settings in one assignment, create a cast of main characters in another, and weave together at least three different plot lines. We will have you practicing how to hypnotize readers and lead them into the Theta state by using Tolkien's broken narrative technique, and that exercise alone should be at least fifteen pages of writing.

Pre-Assignment Brainstorming Sessions: Before you do each assignment, I'd like you to meet in your assigned group to brainstorm the assignment. For example, before you create your settings, you'll spend an hour or two with your group brainstorming settings for your world.

After-lesson Q&A and Live Discussions will have all people participating for up to two hours on Saturdays for six weeks.

Small Group Critiques. Will take place an hour after the discussions, and each person will critique three other works and receive feedback from three other writers.

Live Classes will be

Beginning in September, we will begin reviewing books once a month to prepare for the class. We'll go through The Power of Myth, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Dune, and watch Star Wars: Episode IV.

Jan 2 from 9:00—11:00AM MST for Q&A, then will meet in the afternoon according to a pre-determined assignment.

Jan 9 from 9:00—11:00AM MST for Q&A, then will meet in the afternoon according to a pre-determined assignment.

Jan 16 from 9:00—11:00AM MST for Q&A, then will meet in the afternoon according to a pre-determined assignment.

Jan 23 from 9:00—11:00AM MST for Q&A, then will meet in the afternoon according to a pre-determined assignment.

Jan 30 from 9:00—11:00AM MST for Q&A, then will meet in the afternoon according to a pre-determined assignment.

Number of Students: This class is open to only 12 students.

Where: Due to the pandemic, we will be meeting online. This will also let you avoid travel expenses and keep working your day job.

Prerequisites: You must take the Advanced Story Puzzle and Writing Enchanting Prose before taking this course, or if you have taken my Advanced Intensive Writing Workshop within the past four years, that will work, too. Contact me if you have questions, so that I can determine if you’re ready for this. We can figure out how to get you through this.

I would also like you to read The Power of Myth; Harry Potter, book 1; Lord of the Rings; Dune, and watch Star Wars: Episode 4

Class Content: Have you ever wanted to write an epic, a big book, whether it be in fantasy or science fiction? Doing so requires that you approach it carefully, with the hopes of really nailing it. These are the kinds of books that typically win millions of fans.

In this class, we will help you prepare to write your epic by discussing and working on assignments in

  • Creating Epic Worlds
  • Weaving Narratives with Multiple Protagonists
  • Dealing with Epic Conflicts and Plots
  • We’ll study the secret to beating Harry Potter. (Yes, it can be done!) Particularly we will focus on the positive emotions Rowling evoked—such as wonder, humor, and delight, and show how Tolkien handled the same problems, along with George Lucas. We’ll look at storytelling chiaroscuro.
  • We’ll study the tactics that J.R.R. Tolkien used create Lord of the Rings—his broken narrative techniques to drive the reader into a Theta state and use of deep resonance. Once again, the goal will be to beat Tolkien.
  • With George Lucas, we’ll delve into how he used resonance within the mythic journey after studying under Joseph Campbell (Hero with a Thousand Faces), whose book will also be required reading.
  • We’ll study Frank Herbert’s Dune—To see how he used characters’ occupations to create a web of conflicts.

Each week we will have lessons, followed by brainstorming sessions, writing assignments, and on Saturday we will have class discussions and critiques.

After the workshop, you will create a ten to twenty-page outline for your own epic novel, weaving together multiple storylines. Each step of the way, you’ll get feedback from your critique partners and from David Farland.

Cost: $980. To reserve your spot, send a deposit of only ½ of the money, the rest to be paid 30 days before the workshop begins. Simply send the money via PayPal to, and Dave will reserve your spot.

You may, of course, pay in full here if you wish

Allow 24 hours to receive written confirmation of enrollment.

Starts On:
Saturday January 02, 2021
3:00 PM
Ends On:
Saturday January 30, 2021
3:00 PM

Correction for the Epic Novel Writing Workshop!

The Class Starts Sep 8. We will have a one-hour meeting to talk about what an epic is and discuss class expectations. Then throughout the fall we will have meetings to discuss our readings.

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell—Discussion on Sep 12.

Star Wars, Episode IV—Discussion on Sep 26

Dune by Frank Herbert—Discussion on Oct 19

Harry Potter, by JK Rowling—Discussion on Nov 21

Lord of the Rings—Discussion on December 19

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